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Sri Lanka MPs receive controversial civil war report

A commission set up by Sri Lanka’s president to investigate the conduct of the civil war has said the government did its best to protect civilians. It concluded the military gave the “highest priority” to protecting civilians and said Tamil Tiger rebels had “no respect for human life”. Both sides have been accused of human rights abuses during the final ...

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama May Make A Pilgrimage to Burma

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala, India: – The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, expressed his desire last week to visit Burma to pay homage at the country’s holiest shrine of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, the capital of Burma. According to media reports; “a message of His Holiness…

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Carlos the Jackal sentenced to life, again

PARIS (AP) – Carlos the Jackal, the flamboyant Venezuelan who symbolized Cold War terrorism, was sentenced to life in prison—again—in a Paris trial that ended late Thursday with him rallying for revolution and weeping for Moammar Gadhafi. Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, hasn’t seen freedom since French agents spirited him out of Sudan in a sack in ...

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A Withdrawal Ceremony in Iraq, Observed by Few Iraqis

BAGHDAD — When Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Baghdad on Thursday for the ceremony to mark the end of the United States military’s mission in Iraq, there was one group noticeably underrepresented: Iraqis. Iraq War: 2003 – 2011 A series documenting the final days of the U.S. military drawdown. The highest-profile Iraqi officials at the ceremony were the ...

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A year after the first bodies were found, Long Island still fears its serial killer

Privacy they didn’t get, but news from the police they did. Just hours before the planned candlelit vigil on the stretch of shore road used as a dumping ground by the murderer, police announced they had found skeletal remains of another woman, victim No 11. More importantly, they said they almost certainly belonged to Shannan Gilbert, a prostitute from New ...

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French court to rule in Chirac corruption trial

French judges are to rule Thursday in the unprecedented corruption case aga… French judges are to rule Thursday in the unprecedented corruption case against aged ex-leader Jacques Chirac, the first time a former French president has faced charges in court. The 79-year-old, president from 1995 to 2007, is facing conflict of interest, abuse of power and embezzlement charges and could ...

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Supermassive black hole will ‘eat’ gas cloud

Researchers have spotted a giant gas cloud spiralling into the supermassive black hole at our galaxy’s centre. Though it is known that black holes draw in…

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When America’s Debt Crisis Finally Erupts, Here’s How To Avoid Europe’s Mistakes

Michael Moran URL Michael Moran is Foreign Affairs columnist for GlobalPost, covering global economics, politics and U.S. foreign policy from New York. Recent Posts Business Roundtable survey: No hiring push in early 2012 MacBook Pro soon to come with Retina Display? US-China: Hints of a trade war? Europe’s leaders must be longing for the good old days of 2008, when ...

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Eurozone faces winter recession, Ernst & Young says

The eurozone is facing a “bleak” winter, according to audit firm Ernst & Young. A “mild” recession is likely in the first half of next year, leading to economic growth of just 0.1% for the whole of 2012, it predicted. Ernst & Young also said unemployment in the eurozone was…

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Nearly 20% of women in the US are raped, study reveals

Nearly 20% of women in the US are raped or suffer attempted rape at some point in their lives, a US study says. Even more women, estimated at 25%, have been attacked by a partner or husband, the Centers for Disease Control said. The findings form part of the first set of results from a nationwide study surveying sexual violence ...

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